YouTube staff 'too busy' to filter out terror-related material
Google says pre-sceening the 300 hours of material uploaded each minute would be like vetting a phone call before it is made
A senior official from Google has said that YouTube staff are unable to keep up with the sheer volume of content regularly uploaded to be able catch all terror-related content.
Speaking at a gathering of European parliament MEPs from the Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe grouping yesterday, Google policy manager Verity Harding told MEPs: "We don't actively pre-screen for content. We have 300 hours of content uploaded every minute, and to pre-screen those videos before they are uploaded would be like screening a phonecall before it was made. It wouldn't allow YouTube to be this flourishing platform, so instead what we do is rely on our 1 billion-strong community to help us flag violations of our policies."
Harding said YouTube has very clear policies in place that forbid hate speech, incitement to violence and graphic violence. "So we would and did remove, for example, the horrific Isis beheading videos that we saw recently because of their graphic and inciteful nature."
While it is a major task to detect all violent, extreme and racist material, Harding said YouTube is receiving assistance. "There are community groups and others who do this on a larger scale and they're incredibly helpful to us," she said.
Harding was appearing alongside the European Union's counter-terrorism coordinator, who said that he believes it's time to help companies to contain the security risk by having experts from member states flagging terror-related content.